Sport Hurling

Sunday 18 February 2018

The game at a glance

Damien Hayes (Galway): Paudie O'Sullivan was Cork's only candidate whereas Galway had several, including Joe Canning, David Burke, Tony Og Regan, Ger Farragher, David Collins and Adrian Cullinane, but the honour goes to Hayes who scored 1-3 in a consistently effective performance.

Turning point

None. Cork started with a flourish but once Galway settled, they were totally dominant, winning the last hour by 2-23 to 0-11.

Talking point

The difference between Galway now and last month. They are a completely transformed outfit from the hapless lot that produced such a sterile effort against Dublin in the Leinster semi-final.

Ref watch

James McGrath awarded just 16 frees (none for the first 16 minutes). He kept play moving very well except for one incident on the hour mark when he ruled out Joe Canning's goal and awarded a free in, which yielded only a point. Advantage Cork, although they were the aggressors.

What they said

John McIntyre

(Galway manager):

"If Carlsberg were doing consistency, they wouldn't be looking for the Galway senior hurlers a few weeks ago. But maybe they might have to change their view on that after today."

Denis Walsh (Cork manager):

"If people are happy with what I am doing, I might consider staying on. But there would be no reason for me to stay on if the overall mood among players and supporters and the County Board is for me to move on -- I'd have no problem with that."

Match statistics

Wides: Cork 7(4); Galway 8 (8)

Frees: Cork 7 (3); Galway 9 (5)

Yellow cards: Cork 3 (S McDonnell 23, D Og Cusack 33, J Coughlan 62); Galway 2 (F Moore 39, D Collins 63)

Attendance: 18,900

What next?

Galway will face Waterford in an All-Ireland quarter-final on July 24. Cork are finished for the year.

Irish Independent

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